Professor-Eli-Katunguka-Rwakishaya-the-Vice-Chancellor-Kyambogo-University. Photo-by-Ronard Shabomwe

Kyambogo University has suspended all physical activities on campus for a period of two weeks with effect from 4th to 18th June 2021. The activities include; lectures, workshops, seminars, meetings, group discussions and practicals.

The decision has been taken due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases recorded daily at the institution.

The University administration has also reduced the number of staff working at the university – maintaining 30 percent of staff in offices.

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“It is public knowledge now that there are increasing cases of Covid-19 infections at Kyambogo University with many students having flu like symptoms including cough and headache. Some have been tested for covid-19 but many of them have refused to be tested. It is unfortunate that the situation may be worse than is reported,” Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Elly Katunguka said in a statement.

Prof. Katunguka said that the medical team advised them to temporarily close the university for at least 10 days, limit human contact and immediately stop physical activities.

“Aware of the negligence of the population and the rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19 at the University, Management has decided to; suspend all physical activities on campus for a period of two weeks with effect from 4th to 18 June, 2021. These include lectures, workshops, seminars, meetings, group discussions and practicals to mention but a few,” the statement reads.

Prof. Katunguka says the team informed management that it had made an impromptu tour around the University and noted that about 70 percent of the population were not properly wearing face masks and observing social distance and that if such negligence continued and the situation is not immediately addressed, the spread of the virus is bound to escalate.

“I wish to encourage all students to stay put i.e those in hostels to remain in their hostels, those who commute from home to remain at home and those in halls of residence to remain in their halls of residence. Continue observing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as outlined by the Ministry of Health,” he noted.

The University organized another round of vaccination for three days at the Medical Centre on 4th, 7th and 8th June 2021.